GRANTS – Honoring the state’s centennial was the goal but with the emphasis on Cibola County.
The recent event at the county complex in Grants was deemed a success by organizers.
The Cibola County Historical Society decided in January to host two events as part of the 2012 state centennial celebration.
The first program featured Vanann Moore, who had portrayed Doña Tules Barceló at last spring’s Chautauqua program,
The society and the Cibola Arts Council hosted the earlier event at the Double Six Gallery in Grants. An enthusiastic crowd requested an encore, which Moore graciously performed.
The society hosted a second centennial celebration event, “Distinguished Women of Cibola County 1912-2012,” earlier this month. The program honored 18 residents who had made contributions to the county’s history.
“Women have not been properly recognized for their roles in our community,” said Randy Hoffman, current society president.
“Women are the pillars of our community - they care for their families, maintain their homes, hold leadership roles in government as elected officials, support school activities, promote continuous improvements in healthcare facilities and services, contribute to economic development as business owners or by working in their husband’s business, and are active in events that benefit the entire community.”
He noted that in the past century women had actively taken part in New Mexico’s transition from a U.S. territory to statehood, which occurred in 1912.
“We wanted Cibola County to celebrate the state’s centennial differently than other counties,” recalled Hoffman, who acknowledged that the ceremony had been “a resounding success.”
The 19 women recognized at the Sept. 15 ceremony included one Belen County resident, Vanann Moore.
The remainder were from across the county – San Mateo, Cubero, San Rafael, Milan, Grants, and other communities, explained Hoffman.
Women in County History
The following 18 Cibola County residents were
recognized for their
contributions at the
Sept. 15 Cibola County Historical Society program.
• Frances Catherine Marron Lee
• Nelda Louise
• Dorie Ann Sandoval
• Barbara Little Bear
• Maud S Tietjen
• Ina Tietjen Elkins
• Mary M. Gunn
• Dorothy F. Pouges
• Ava Peets
• Dolores Vallejos
• Evelyn S. McNeill
• Sherry Robinson
• Mary George McNeill
• Laura Jaramillo
• Lucy Jane Reed
• Polly Pine
• Josephine Barela
• Pauline Candelaria